Wichcraft (MGM Grand) is an upscale sandwich shoppe (you can tell it’s fancy because they spell “shoppe” with an extra “pe” at the end) featuring reasonably priced creations by all-star chef Tom Colicchio. Try one of the breakfast selections like the fried egg sandwich with blue cheese, bacon and frisee (fancy lettuce) on ciabatta ($8.50). There’s also warm sandwiches, such as an excellent roasted pork loin sandwich with red cabbage, jalapenos and mustard ($9.50), and cold sandwiches too, such as the Sicilian tuna with fennel, black olives and lemon confit (lemon flavor) on a baguette ($9.50). Better yet, go for the combo deal with any sandwich and chips, fruit and drink for $15.00.
And then there’s Hash House-a-Go-Go (Imperial Palace, Plaza Hotel and Casino, The M Hotel), featuring one of the most unique menus in town, offering massive portions of southern-styled creations such as the fried chicken and bacon waffle tower ($18.00), meatloaf and cream sauce gravy ($17.00) and Indiana crispy hand hammered pork tenderloin ($27). The real attraction, however, are breakfast dishes such as the tractor driver combo, consisting of two eggs, bacon, sausage or potatoes and one flapjack, waffle or piece of French toast ($13.95). Things can get a tad pricey when it comes to dinner entrees, but breakfast and lunch are reasonable- and bring your appetite, because, just to reiterate, the portions are huge.
Shifting to the upscale burger category, two of the leading spots on the strip are BLT Burger at the Mirage and Burger Bar at Mandalay Bay. Both feature hip scenes, cocktails, and gourmet burgers that go a step beyond the fast food variety. BLT Burger features a 7 oz. grilled certified Angus beef burger ($12.00) as well as some interesting dessert offerings like deep fried oreos ($6.00) and milk shakes ($6.00). Even better, BLT Burger specializes in spiked shakes like the Malibu Barbie, consisting of Malibu rum, pineapple juice, coconut milk and vanilla ice cream ($12.00) and a Jack Daniels root beer float ($12.00). Burger Bar has an Angus burger of their own ($9.50) and they also feature an American Kobe beef burger ($16.50) and a buffalo burger ($16.50). In addition there’s a fine selection of hand-crafted microbrews.
The Pizza Place
And, speaking of upscale, The Pizza Place at the Wynn serves up a pretty good New York-style pie in the type of opulent setting that only the Wynn can deliver. Everyone knows about the fine dining that Steve Wynn’s resort offers, but he balances that out with a place like this, a classy pizza joint located amidst flowing waterfalls and all-around gorgeous scenery. You might get better pizza in New York, but you’ll never get to eat it in surroundings like this. Slices go for $5.25 while the small 12 inch pizza starts at $13.50 and the large 22 inch starts at $31.50.
The Wynn features another excellent option with Zoozacrackers Deli. This is not a sprawling old school deli, but it offers a nice selection of quality fare at reasonable prices. The location adjacent to the sports book is ideal for sports fans. If you’re the type who likes to hang out all day betting games and throwing back some beers, this is the place to get some good food in your stomach without putting a crimp into your gambling and drinking fund. And if your games are coming down to the wire, you won’t miss a beat on the flatscreens located all over the dining room. Better yet, Zoozacrackers will deliver right to your spot in the sports book. We like the stuffed turkey sandwich, consisting of turkey, stuffing and cranberry relish, for $11.95. There’s also the Zooza Burger, featuring a burger with pastrami, swiss, cole slaw, pickles and Italian dressing for $14.95. And they serve a mean bowl of chicken noodle soup ($5.95).
Great Vegas Deli’s
But if you really like deli food, there’s no shortage of other options as well. In fact, venerable Jewish delis are popping up all over the strip these days. Among the more prominent installations are the Carnegie Deli at the Mirage, Backstage Deli at the Luxor and Towers at the Venetian. Canter’s at Treasure Island features a massive pastrami sandwich for $15.00 including fries and drink.
The best of the bunch, however, in terms of both quality and price, is Greenberg’s at New York/New York. Loyalists rave about the beef and cheddar melt with a side of potato salad ($10.25). There’s also a classic turkey club ($9.75) and a New York skyhigh sandwich featuring corned beef, pastrami, turkey, cole slaw and thousand island dressing ($9.75).
On the other hand, if you’re looking for a local institution, as opposed to one of these interlopers from New York or Los Angeles, you might wanna head straight for The Peppermill Restaurant and Fireside Lounge (2985 S. Las Vegas Blvd., on the strip near the Riviera). The highlight of the menu is the great breakfast fare, (bacon, eggs, hash browns and toast for $11.50) but there’s also a diverse selection of old-fashioned diner food for lunch and dinner as well (classic reuben and hot pastrami sandwiches for $11.95). The real draws, however, are the ambiance, complete with neon lights and mirrored ceilings, as well as the vibe and the crowd. Open 24 hours, there’s always something interesting going on at the Peppermill, particularly around the circular fire pit located in the main dining area. And if you’re looking to embrace the late night weirdness of sin city, you really can’t do much better than a stop at the Peppermill for one more cocktail and some pancakes and eggs anywhere between 3 AM and sunrise.